Tonight and tomorrow will be incredibly emotional in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. For the first time since the devastating bus crash April 6th, 10 of the 13 Humboldt Broncos survivors will be reunited. This picture went viral earlier today when 9 of 10 were all at the same airport getting ready to fly down to Vegas.
As I type this, all 10 players just got off stage with Elliotte Friedman. They were there not only to tell stories of recovery and hope, but to be part of this huge announcement
Jacob Wassermann was paralyzed from the waist down after the crash, but got some amazing news just before going on this trip “I’ve been in the hospital, putting in a lot of work, getting ready to get out. Finally, after this trip, I get to stay home. This weekend was the first weekend I slept at home — it was amazing.”
Tonight, the boys will be at a special dinner put on by former Oiler Andrew Ference and tomorrow they’ll walk the red carpet and attend the award show. One of the most emotional moments tomorrow night will be when the late coach and GM of the Broncos, Darcy Haugan is announced as a nominee for the Willie O’Ree community hero award.
Broncos forward Kaleb Dahlgren says that moment will mean so much to everyone there from the team “He was a very influential person, and he deserves all the accolades he’s received. It makes it 100 per cent more special. I got asked earlier what’s my favourite part about this, and I think it’s just being with the guys, being with Darcy, supporting him and his family in every way possible. And it’s for our teammates on that bus, and the families that aren’t here. There’s a little more behind the scenes than people see or think. It means a lot to be out there, be there for Darcy.”
Here’s the post about him on the nominees page at nhl.com
“Darcy Haugan left a lasting impact on his community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on every community which was fortunate enough to have him as a resident, and on junior hockey. He changed the lives of many of his players, always being there for each one of them and never hesitating to give them a second chance, because Darcy never gave up on anyone. He fought for his team and had their backs – he was the coach and mentor everybody wanted. Darcy believed strongly that hockey is not about making hockey players, it’s about making amazing human beings. He did just that, building up young leaders who also happened to develop strong hockey skills along the way. His presence would fill the room and his love for the game was undeniable. Darcy died doing what he loved, surrounded by the young people to whom he dedicated his life. That connection with young people stemmed, at least in part, from his deep-rooted faith; he grew up going to church, and had a strong faith in Jesus, which he credited for guiding all aspects of his life whether work, hockey, or family. Darcy left behind, in all of those he touched, his spirit and passion for the game, his love for his beautiful family, and his example of dedication to his community. In 2015, Darcy’s dedication to the game earned him Hockey Alberta’s prestigious Meritorious Award for contribution to the game of hockey.”
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